"This recipe is part of my 1960s revival menu", says Delia Smith. "In those days it used to be something simple but really luscious, yet over the years it has suffered from some very poor adaptations, not least watery prawns and inferior sauces." So here it is in all it's glory. This conjures up thoughts of a couple going on the town for the evening and they stop for a bite. *Cooking and chilling times vary*
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- 2 lbs large shrimp, in their shells or 1 lb cooked and cleaned large shrimp
- 1 crisp-hearted lettuce, such as Cos
- 1 ounce rocket
- 1 ripe but firm avocado
- cayenne pepper
- 1 whole lime, divided into 6 wedge-shaped sections
- 2The very best version of this is made with prawns (either fresh or frozen in their shells) that you have cooked yourself.
- 3Failing that, buy the large cooked prawns in their shells, or if you can only get shelled prawns, get those.
- 4To prepare them: if frozen put them in a colander and allow to defrost thoroughly at room temperature for about 1 hour.
- 5After that, if using uncooked prawns, heat a large solid frying pan or wok and dry-fry the prawns for 4-5 minutes until the grey turns a vibrant pink.
- 6As soon as they're cool, reserve 6 in their shells for a garnish and peel the remainder.
- 7Then take a small sharp knife, make a cut along the back of each peeled prawn and remove any black thread.
- 8Place them in a bowl, cover with film wrap and keep in the fridge until needed.
- 9TO MAKE THE SAUCE::.
- 10Take mayonnaise and add it to the rest of the sauce ingredients.
- 11Stir and taste to check the seasoning, then keep the sauce covered with film wrap in the refrigerator, until needed.
- 13When you are ready to serve, shred the lettuce and rocket fairly finely and divide them between 6 stemmed glasses, then peel and chop the avocado into small dice and scatter this in each glass amongst the lettuce.
- 14Top with the prawns and the sauce, sprinkle a dusting of cayenne pepper on top and garnish with 1 section of lime and 1 unpeeled prawn per glass.
- 15Serve with brown bread and butter.
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Nutritional Facts for Prawn Cocktail a La Delia Smith
Serving Size: 1 (209 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 328.2
- Calories from Fat 129
- Total Fat 14.4 g
- Saturated Fat 2.2 g
- Cholesterol 235.5 mg
- Sodium 488.6 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 16.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 4.9 g
- Sugars 4.4 g
- Protein 34.3 g
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